April 15, 2013

Letters to the editor: Collins lauded as gun-control advocate

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Joseph Lieberman, Susan Collins
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By co-sponsoring the gun trafficking bill and and co-sponsoring a measure to fund school security efforts, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, seen with then-Sen. Joe Lieberman, shows she’s not afraid to stand up to “gun extremists,” a reader says.

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The City Council, as Portland's legislative body, must now take this conclusion under advisement as it decides how to proceed. As it does, it should note the scale of this project is, in an absolute sense, still relatively minor.

It is also worth noting that it constrains sprawl and rejuvenates an area sorely in need of a little TLC.

Patrick Venne

Berwick town manager

Portland resident

In an effort to continue its "new vision for Bayside," I am encouraging the City Council to green-light the Federated Cos.' midtown project.

Opportunities like this one don't come around every day. There is precedent for tall buildings in the neighborhood. And this next step will ensure that the investments that have already been made in the neighborhood will continue to prove worthwhile.

When I was growing up in Portland, Bayside was the industrial part of town, with many vacant and underutilized parcels of land. Over the years since, thanks to the dedicated efforts of the city of Portland and optimistic businesses, Bayside has been on the right track toward economic development and making this new vision a reality.

When I purchased the Miss Portland Diner from the city in 2008, I was strongly encouraged to keep the diner in Bayside, and I agreed to in an effort to support the goal of increasing foot traffic in the area.

The Federated Cos. project will be a welcome addition to our neighborhood, bringing housing and a much-needed garage into the area. The developer's experience and commitment to this project are impressive, and the city is fortunate that an offer to develop the remaining open lots along Somerset Street is on the table.

This project will provide employment opportunities and improve the tax base for the citizens of Portland. Every business in Bayside stands to benefit from this development, which is betting on the future of Bayside.

Let's not let this opportunity pass us by. Let's take the best next step for Bayside and vote "yes" for the midtown project to move forward.

Tom Manning

owner, Miss Portland Diner

Portland

American accents also offer much material for mockery

I do hope the writer of the letter "British term strikes odd note in article on Portland streets" (Letters to the editor, April 4) is not so provincial that he doesn't understand that American accents -- i.e.: New England, NYC, Bronx, Brooklyn, New Joisey and the whole of the Southern dialects -- cause as much mockery across the "Pond" as British accents do here.

As for the terms used, we are in the USA and the correct terminology for this nation should be used, I agree. But when the time comes and someone asks if the author of the letter speaks English, the answer should be, "No, I speak American."

Anthony Young

South Portland

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